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Fatima Is for the Holiness of Families (2342)

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Holy Family of Fatima rosary portrait

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The apparition at Fatima on Oct. 13, 1917, is the only approved apparition in 2,000 years in which the entire Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph appeared at the same time. The three little shepherd children saw Our Lady with St. Joseph and the Child Jesus, both blessing the world, during the time tens of thousands of people were witnessing the sun miracle.

The Miracle of the Sun was one of the most spectacular miracles recorded in the history of the Church. It was heaven’s verification of the message that the Mother of God came to deliver to the world. A miracle had been foretold months in advance, as to its exact day and hour. While the nature of the miracle was not foretold, three...READ MORE

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Modern-Day Parable of the Widow’s Mite in Argentina (1459)

After the theft of two monstrances in 2011, Argentinians in Tucuman donated prized possessions, including wedding rings, for a new one.

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BUENOS AIRES — Large numbers of the faithful are donating gold and silver belongings to forge a new monstrance after a theft in Tucuman, Argentina.

Located in northwest Argentina, Tucuman is Argentina’s smallest province, but second only to Buenos Aires in population density.

In 2011, two costly monstrances were stolen from the Museum of Sacred Art. To replace them, a new monstrance will be made. It will be used at the 2016 National Eucharistic Congress.  

A monstrance is the vessel that holds the Eucharist for adoration and Benediction.

To create the new vessel, the local faithful are donating their prized possessions — even their wedding rings. According to La Gaceta newspaper, one...READ MORE

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EWTN Named Religious Television Station of the Year (1082)

‘EWTN is the beacon of Catholic broadcast television. It is a consistent and true voice of the faith,’ noted one of the Gabriel Award judges who participated in the annual competition, which is sponsored by the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals.

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IRONDALE, Ala. — For the third consecutive year, EWTN Global Catholic Network has been awarded the 2015 Gabriel Award for Religious Television Station of the Year — a prestigious honor that acknowledges the network’s programming, community service and production values.

EWTN will receive the Gabriel Award at the 2015 Catholic Media Conference June 25 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel in Buffalo, N.Y.

“EWTN is the beacon of Catholic broadcast television. It is a consistent and true voice of the faith,” noted one of the Gabriel Award judges who participated in the annual competition, which is sponsored by the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals.

Another judge highlighted...READ MORE

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In Illinois, Bishops and Pro-Life Groups Differ on ACLU Conscience Bill (3076)

Both parties don’t like the pro-abortion-rights organization’s bill, but the Illinois Catholic Conference is standing neutral while local pro-life groups campaign against it in the state legislature.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A battle is under way over conscience rights and health care in the Illinois Legislature that has pro-life groups on one side, the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood on the other, and the Illinois Catholic Conference standing neutral on the sidelines.

The ACLU of Illinois has proposed a change to Illinois’ broad legal protections for the conscience rights of health-care workers with S.B. 1564, which has already passed the state senate but whose defeat the pro-life groups are urging in the state house.

If health-care facilities or personnel decline to provide services for reasons of conscience — such as abortions or sterilizations — the bill’s...READ MORE

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10 Facts Planned Parenthood Doesn't Want You to Know, An Authentic Childhood, VBS and More! (2748)

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10 Facts Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Want You To Know by Abby Johnson of Epic Pew - Big Pulpit

An Authentic Childhood: Every Child’s Birthright – Mitchell Kalpakgian PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

13 Flashbacks to Remind You That Vacation Bible School (VBS) Season Is Coming - Lucy West, Epic Pew

What Should Pope Francis’s Environmental Encyclical Say? - John M. Grondelski PhD, Crisis Magazine

The Theology of Science-Fiction: Some Speculative Fiction Gospels – Bog Kurland, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis’s Talk of ‘God of Surprises‘ Makes Some Nervous – Father Dwight Longenecker, Aleteai∝

What Is the World? – Jordan Haddad, Ignitum Today

When Mothers Lose a Child – Catherine...READ MORE

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Cardinal Pell to Pro-Lifers: Synod Will ‘Massively Endorse’ Tradition (2789)

Speaking at a gathering in Rome, the Australian cardinal said the dictatorship of relativism and changes in moral teaching have played a pivotal role in the collapse of the family.

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Cardinal George Pell addressed the Rome Life Forum on May 9.

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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal George Pell gave encouraging messages to pro-life leaders on Saturday, upholding the Church’s established teachings on marriage and the family and stating his belief that the upcoming Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family will “massively endorse” Tradition.

Addressing the Rome Life Forum, the prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy spoke on the topic of parents as the best educators of children.

He pointed out an irony in contemporary society, which we realize better than we did 50 years ago: If we violate the laws of physical nature, mankind must reap the negative consequences. But he added that we find “almost no public acknowledgement” of the...READ MORE

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In a New Letter, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Seeks Shepherds for the Whole World (4435)

Pastoral care ‘definitely includes the intellectual dimension,' Benedict stated in a letter to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. 'Only if we share the perspective and questions of our times we will be able to understand the word of God in present times.’

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VATICAN CITY — In a letter to his former secretary of state, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has underscored the need for the Church to extend its pastoral care to nonbelievers and to share “the questions of the times” in its continuing efforts to announce the Gospel to the world.

Benedict XVI’s new reflections came in an April 21 letter to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who served as his secretary of state from 2006 to 2013. A summary of the letter was published in the May 10 edition of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

The letter is the second original work of Benedict XVI’s made public since his resignation in February 2013. Previously, he had written a message to the Pontifical Urban...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Spare No Effort in Defending Life and the Family (1855)

‘The family must always be defended as the main source of fraternity, respect for others and the primary path of peace,’ the Holy Father told the bishops of Mozambique Saturday.

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VATICAN CITY — In his May 9 meeting with the bishops from Mozambique, Pope Francis urged support for public policies that promote the family and protect human life.

“Spare no efforts in supporting the family and in the defense of life from conception to natural death,” he said. “In this sense, remember the options appropriate to one of Christ’s disciples and the beauty of being a mother, accompanied by the support of the family and the local community.”

“The family must always be defended as the main source of fraternity, respect for others and the primary path of peace.”

The Mozambican bishops — whose country borders Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa and the...READ MORE

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